John Harley, managing director of ACS Office Solutions and a member of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, has been selected by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to sit on its newly formed International Advisory Council.
Sitting alongside high profile business leaders from across the country – including Lord Green, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment; Ian Davis, Chairman, Rolls Royce; Harriet Green OBE, CEO, Thomas Cook; and Willie Walsh, Chief Executive, International Airlines Group – the Council has been set up to advise the BCC on international trade issues.
Lord Green will take on the role as Chairman of the International Advisory Council and will lead the council’s discussions with a particular focus on the export potential for the UK business community and in promoting British business in key export markets.
Speaking of his Council appointment, John, pictured far left outside 11 Downing Street, said: “I am delighted to be able to represent ACS Office Solutions and indeed all of the businesses in the region on the Council, and look forward to forging new opportunities in the future.
“I would welcome any Milton Keynes Chamber members to share with me, via the Chamber, any ideas or issues that they would like me to convey to the Council to help them boost their exports of products and services.”
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Chamber, added: “I am thrilled that John has been asked to sit on a Council with such a distinguished group of business people that care so much about fulfilling the UK’s export potential.
“John, as a member of our exclusive Business Alliance Group, met with Lord Green at an event a few years ago and started to wonder why ACS had never considered exporting.
“He then sought advice from our International Trade Team before starting upon his successful exporting journey. Since then John has, through our links with the BCC, visited Number 11 Downing Street and talked to George Osborne MP about ways to boost exports and growth. He will be a great asset to the Council.”